so 2011 has been a long, rough year. I lost my grandmother who played a very large role in my life and spent the rest of the year having firsts without her. Like the first time I went on vacation and didn’t bring her back a gift. Or the first time we had a big family party without her. Stuff like that. But, a lot of good happened in 2011 also, and let’s focus on some of that… We’ll start with something simple.
The top 3 places I visited in 2011:
1. NY, NY: In Jan, I accompanied my mother-in-law to Manhattan. I have to say that the isle is truly magical and I loved it, although I missed my husband dearly. My first time being in non-man made, all encompassing snow was heavenly — even if I did have to trudge across central park from t he Natural History Museum to the Met in freezing rain. I can’t wait to go again next month!
2. Kauai: In August, Christian and I visited Kaua’i for the first time. Eventually we would like to see all of the islands — So far, we’ve seen 3. I went to Kaua’i when I was a baby, so this was my first time in my accessible memory visiting and I liked it a lot. I focused on relaxing, ignoring my smart phone except for pictures and directions, and just enjoying the ‘aina. And boy did I…
3. NOLA: In June, I visited New Orleans for the American Library Association Annual Conference and I had a blast! It was hot and muggy and I needed to shower at least twice a day, but I ate some amazing food, got to spend time with some stellar librarians, and learned a lot about traveling alone and the kindness of strangers.
The top 3 books I read in 2011: (I’m picking 1 adult, 1 YA, & 1 children’s)
1. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Possibly one of the best books I’ve read ever — amongst Childrens & Adults. The story was vivid, the characters flushed out, AND it was historical fiction. I learned a little about the black panthers and the economic climate after MLK’s death. I learned a little about 3 little girls from brooklyn and their crazy poet mother
2. Crank Series by Ellen Hopkins
The first novels that I’ve ever read and actually finished in verse and I understood why people enjoy reading this type of format. The subject matter lent itself to using the imagination just a little bit more…
3. Beloved by Toni Morrison
I think this book needs no introduction…
The top 3 movies I saw in 2011…
1. The Muppets: Feel good movie of the year. Seriously. I was having a terrible day when I went to see this movie. When I left, I hadn’t a care in the world and wanted to do nothing but sing and dance.
2. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: The last movie and my last time standing in a very cold line very late at night for J.K. Rowling’s film adaptations of her books. A solid movie, although I was disappointed they wanted to ruin it with the epilogue from the book. Like the book, the movie ends for me before the epilogue, so that I can continue to use my imagination to determine who Harry, Ron, and Hermoine live out their lives. This is primarily because I cannot stand Ginny and as my husband says, what the epilogue teaches us is that the important thing is to drop out of school and have babies.
3. Bridesmaids: If you haven’t seen this movie, you haven’t lived. Get out there and see it. Seriously.